“Abandoned mines are a menace to the environment and public health and to the communities that rely on water flowing downstream. There are several groups in Colorado who care about their communities and want to protect them and who are ready to go as soon as we have legislation to help them get started. I’m dying to turn them loose so they can get to work.”

—Senator Mark Udall on his new bill to establish a permit program to help ‘good samaritans’ effectively clean up
abandoned hardrock mines in Colorado. See the statement he delivered to the senate floor here: markudall.senate.gov